News joins U.S. State Department on IP Protection and Corruption

May 2, 2012
Categories: Anti-corruption, Intellectual Property


Today, joins the U.S. State Department to co-host a roundtable discussion on the topic of Safeguarding Intellectual Property and Preventing Corruption in Global Markets. The session brings together leaders from industry, government agencies, academia and non-governmental organizations to discuss new approaches and collective actions for addressing these issues

The roundtable will feature remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Thomas Nides, Economic and Business Affairs Bureau Assistant Secretary Jose W. Fernandez , U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel and President and CEO Pamela Passman.

The business, economic and societal costs caused by the absence of a functioning rules-based trading system are substantial. Global companies from all sectors continue to experience significant economic losses from piracy, counterfeit products, theft of trade secrets and corruption, along with increasing reputational risks and harms. This roundtable discussion represents increased focus by government and industry on exploring new collaborative approaches to address these ongoing challenges.

We look forward to a robust discussion with our colleagues from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Please stay tuned to this space for a summary of our discussion as well as next steps.

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